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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around the Main Line: December 23–29

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A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

December 23–29 (closed Christmas Day)

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

Sesame Place is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. Their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show features an illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can sing and dance along to the festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more. This year, Rudolph, along with his friends Clarice, Bumble and Sam the Snowman will be available for photos with guests in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland.

A Longwood Christmas

November 22—January 5

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

Stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, catch holiday concerts, carolers, sing-a-longs, and more throughout the holidays. Timed admission tickets are required.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 23—January 5

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

More than 3 million lights illuminate the farm with fantastic displays. You can drive through in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride. After the show, sit by the bonfire, take in the sounds and sights of the Tree of Hope, and enjoy some s’mores and hot cocoa (available on site at the Farm Market). You can even visit with Santa at the market.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

Select nights through January 5, 6—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Take a stroll through Snowflake Central, be dazzled by Rainbow Runway, and marvel at the custom decorations in the Wonder Way Christmas Tree exhibit. And of course, stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Tickets are available online.

Elf: The Musical

November 13—January 12

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State Street, Media

A hilarious musical adaptation of the classic Will Ferrell film. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Happy Place

Through January 5, 2020

King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

Step into a mind-bending, colorful, larger-than-life and interactive 15,000 square foot pop-up installation in the King of Prussia Mall. Tickets available online.

Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical Panto

November 13—January 5

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

Fairytales collide in this brand new panto — Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding, and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. Can a new hero (or heroine) emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? This musical mashup is sure to delight all ages through the holidays. Tickets available online.

Winter Clinics at Julian Krinsky School of Tennis

December 20–31 (closed December 25); see schedule for clinic times

Gulph Mills Tennis Club, 610 S. Henderson Rd., King of Prussia

Throughout break, kids ages 7-16 can participate in tennis clinics taught by full-time USPTA-, USPTR-, and JKST-trained professionals. Clinics are divided by skill level, and are $27 for 1-hour classes at the Red, Orange, and Green levels; and $50 for 1.5-hour classes at the Yellow and Blue levels. Sign up at the front desk of the club or sign up over the phone: 610.265.3677.

The Handwork Studio Winter Camp

December 23-27 (closed December 25), 9 am — 3 pm (morning and afternoon half days available)
35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

Creative, project-based crafting is the name of the game at the Handwork Studio. Early care and aftercare are available at an additional cost.

Elmwood Park Zoo Winter Camp

December 23, 26, 27, and 30; 9 am–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

School’s Out Day Camp allows for children ages 6-8 and 9-13 to spend their day exploring and learning all about Elmwood Park Zoo’s animals.

Young Sports Day-Off Camp

December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, and January 1 and 2; 8:30 am–3 pm (half days available)

133 Old Sugartown Road, Wayne

Kids ages 2.5-8 will enjoy a day of sports, games, crafts, and much more in a controlled, indoor environment.

Marple Sports Arena Day-Off Camp

December 23 — 31 (closed December 24 and 25)
611 Parkway Dr., Broomall

Let your kids enjoy an active break from school with rock climbing, skating, sports play, and arcade time at this fun center.

Riverbend Winter Camp

December 23, 26, 27, and 30, 9 am — 3:30 pm

1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

At Riverbend, focus on wilderness survival during spring break! Children will be engaged with real survival skills like starting fires and building shelters, all in the comfort of the local woods.  Before and aftercare is available. Ages 4-11.

Contributing Writer